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  • Tonight I Said Goodbye

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079

Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile effort

  • By Janice on 07-14-11

Dull and predictable.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have given the story less exposition and more active scenes.

What was most disappointing about Michael Koryta’s story?

Just mundane stuff.

What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

I would have given Scott Brick a little more energy and pace.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,595
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,151

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really tried to like it

  • By Candy M Tuttle on 08-28-18

Good attempt, but thought it missed the mark

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A cast that is more experienced in audio recording and better suited for the audiobook medium. Less time in between character breaks. Maybe not as many actors in general.
Also, when certain sound effects were added, it sounded too tinny. And trying to make it seem more real and visceral by pulling away from the mic and lowering levels just didn't seem to work for me.

What could Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Even though the story's origins are as a graphic novel, do whatever you can to make it a seamless audio production. I think I know why they made certain choices, one being extended original music breaks between chapters, and I respect it. But for a seasoned listener, it's mostly annoying.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No. This particular multicast had too many holes in it.

What character would you cut from Locke & Key?

One of the male detectives. Wasn't ready for prime time.

Any additional comments?

Good try. I'd listen to another, as long as it was more streamlined.

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Greatest

  • My Own Story
  • By: Muhammad Ali, Richard Durham
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505

In his own words, the heavyweight champion of the world pulls no punches as he chronicles the battles he faced in and out of the ring in this fascinating memoir edited by Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison. Growing up in the South, surrounded by racial bigotry and discrimination, Ali fought not just for a living, but also for respect and rewards far more precious than money or glory. He was named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and the BBC.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly The Greatest

  • By Michael on 06-04-16

Great book, phenomenal interpretation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I certainly would recommend this. This book chronicles intimate details of Ali's upbringing from his POV that are incredibly interesting and revealing. And Dion Graham's performance is superb. Wonderful nuance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Greatest?

The description and performance of the taped dialogue between Ali and Joe Frazier before their fight as they drive together on a long road trip.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 1906: A Novel

  • By: James Dalessandro
  • Narrated by: Gigi Shane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Set during the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, this pause-resisting historical novel reveals recently uncovered facts that forever change our understanding of what really happened. Narrated by a feisty young reporter, Annalisa Passarelli, the novel paints a vivid picture of the Post-Victorian city, from the mansions of Nob Hill to the underbelly of the Barbary Coast, to the arrival of tenor Enrico Caruso and the Metropolitan Opera.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corruption, Violence, Death. And That is Before

  • By Michael Oberhardt on 10-16-15

Terrific Narration of a Fine Suspenseful Novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-16

What made the experience of listening to 1906: A Novel the most enjoyable?

I very much enjoy Historical Fiction, and this intriguing story with the backdrop of an earthquake disaster made for very entertaining and enlightening material. The narrator did a fine job as well. That makes you want to get back to listening as soon as possible when you have to take a break.

What did you like best about this story?

The first two sentences above.

Have you listened to any of Gigi Shane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but I certainly will after listening to this. Her voice is magical.

If you could take any character from 1906: A Novel out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Lincoln, the Sheriff from Kansas. Would have enjoyed that conversation in that setting.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful performance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prime Suspects

  • A Clone Detective Mystery
  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

Homicide Detective David Bagini awakens in a strange world only to discover that he is, in fact, the 42nd clone of the Bagini line. With no memories of why his Prime entered into a clone contract, he wants answers. The first problem is his Prime is dead and Bagini 42 is in charge of the investigation. The second problem is all the clues point at a clone from his line and they already know all his tricks. How can he solve his own murder when every suspect has his name and face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We have met the enemy and they is us.

  • By John C. on 03-11-13

Great read and great concept

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes. It's a very fresh take on the clone genre. Really well done, and appropriate vocal choices by Kafer.

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

42. Was a first-person novel, so he had just the right amount of snide and smart-aleckieness in his delivery.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Race for the Dying

  • A Dr. Thomas Parks Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Steven F. Havill
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

A newly minted graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1890, Dr. Thomas Parks heads to the big timber country of Puget Sound to practice trauma medicine. An hour after stepping off the boat, he's nearly crushed to death by a less-than-sure-footed mule and finds himself a patient rather than a physician. As he convalesces, he discovers that his host, a venerable physician friend of his father's, is running an elaborate medical scam, selling worthless concoctions nationwide, with enormous sales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Energetically Told

  • By Michael on 04-20-14

Dr. Thomas Parks is the Voice of Reason!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-14

If you could sum up Race for the Dying in three words, what would they be?

Poignant. Interesting. Historical.

What did you like best about this story?

The images in my mind of the town in the NW where it took place. Love stories like that. And the narrator really did a good job with the era and the location. Good vocal choices and variety.

What does Chris Andrew Ciulla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The slew of characters that you would see in this story from the turn of the century really came to life. I would have had thoughts of their voices, but these were so much more vivid. I'm looking forward to the next one he narrates in this series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last and the Greatest

  • By: Sean C. Sousa
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Long ago, the first reign of Grigori Geist nearly destroyed the Earth. Returned from exile, Geist is secretly rebuilding his kingdom beneath Antarctica, assembling his robotic Vaucan race to war against mankind. Only one obstacle remains: the war hero known as Brian Renney. Yet Brian is losing a battle against his fears. Scars of heart and mind linger from his days in Vietnam, fueling his failures as husband and father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story brought to life by Fantastic Narra

  • By Aaron on 08-18-14

Can't wait for the next one!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-14

What other book might you compare The Forever Saga to and why?

I'm usually a Mystery/Suspense listener, but this was a nice change of pace. I will listen to its sequel.

What does Chris Andrew Ciulla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's a great narrator. Good pacing. Nice cadence. Brings color to characters. Appropriate accents and range. Kept me in the story for the entire run.

  • Beauty

  • A Novel
  • By: Frederick G. Dillen
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

As a corporate "undertaker" for a mergers and acquisitions firm in New York, Carol MacLean travels from factory to factory, firing blue-collar workers who remind her of her father and the kids she grew up with. The payoff is huge: If Carol works hard enough, her boss has promised to make her CEO of one of the firm's holdings. Just when it seems like her dream might come true, on a trip that takes her away from New York to a desperate fishing town in coastal Massachusetts, Carol gets a call from the office: "You're fired."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Story, Great Read

  • By LA Bos on 09-01-14

Nice Story, Great Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-14

What did you love best about Beauty?

It was an appropriate fictional telling of a scenario that happens a good amount nowadays. Conscience vs. The Mighty Dollar. And the narrator does a great job flushing these characters out. Nice variety too.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Easy. Memorable Salt-of-the-Earth East Coaster. I remember people like him.

What does Chris Andrew Ciulla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

All these characters were real. And there was a good amount of variation between them all. Was quite a colorful bit of storytelling.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Some wordplay on Beauty and The Beast...but would have to take some time to flush it out.

  • Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind

  • Selected Writings of John A. Keel
  • By: John A. Keel
  • Narrated by: Michael Hacker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind is a collection of magazine articles and lectures by the man many consider to be not only the 20th century’s premiere investigator of all things unusual and “Fortean,” but also our very own 20th-century “Mark Twain”: John A. Keel. Many of the articles in this anthology and its companion volumes, "The Outer Limits of the Twilight Zone" and "Searching for the String," were revolutionary, and explored ideas popularized in Keel’s classic books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keel is a Genius - a must-have collection

  • By Jason Ilgenfritz on 04-23-15

Excellent telling of the Paranormal

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Certainly I would, if they enjoyed the subject matter, or if they were looking for an interesting, nuanced listen.

What does Michael Hacker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His tone and pace is perfect for this genre. Smooth with a touch of mystery.

If you could give Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind a new subtitle, what would it be?

Watch your back...They may not be from this planet!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dying of the Light: End

  • By: Jason Kristopher
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

The United States military hides a secret: the completely real existence of eat-your-brains, one-bite-and-you're-dead zombies. The Army has known they exist for over 100, and has been quietly and expertly keeping the secret. Until now. His hometown destroyed, with everyone he has ever known dead and gone, the sole survivor of the massacre at Fall Creek joins a secret military group to combat the single greatest threat our world has ever faced. Unfortunately, his help may come too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, perfect for listening

  • By Sandra K. on 03-21-14

Good Zombie Apocalyptic Entertainment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dying of the Light: End to be better than the print version?

Yes. The reader brought alot to the table.

What did you like best about this story?

Enjoyed the in-depth creation of the world.

What about Chris Andrew Ciulla’s performance did you like?

His variation of the characters, and their relevance.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful